July 2nd, 2004

QZ redux

I am so ashamed. I had the gall to ask Eli the Bearded to update his long-ago-reference to this blog that you’re reading right now, and I haven’t even mentioned his site here.


Eli looks at things. He catalogs them. He doesn’t say much. Then he moves on.

The things he looks at are worth looking at.

July 2nd, 2004

Cory Arcangel is “best” known for his Super Mario Clouds hack of—follow me here: Super Mario Bros.— wherein nothing appears but clouds. Ahhh. At the other end of the specturm—from both a time-commitment and visual impact— are his ADD Data Diary Movies. Quicktime, as Cory discovered, can be fooled into playing any old datafile as though it were a movie. The results don’t look like movies—they look like Mondrian on MDMA* with an autistic Stockhausen providing the soundtrack. The above link will lead you, after a few clicks, to 31 movies (you can watch them in color or B&W, but I prefer the color). As Cory points out, though “[t]he first few minutes of each video is System memory, so that is why every day looks the same for the first minute or so.”

*A better description might be “they look like what Philip K. Dick’s pink laser beamed into his head while they were programming Mondrian,” but that’s a bit wordy.

July 2nd, 2004

The Original Cali Girl Finds a New Man from the Land Down Under; Barbie Names Hot Australian Hunk as Her New Beau

Barbie & her new loser boyfriend

Since the Barbie(R) and Ken(R) February break-up, Barbie(R) has been cruising in her Chevy SSR, soaking up sun, and hanging out at the Surf and Skate Shop with her best pals. With summer just around the corner, Barbie(R) is ready to date again and has looked to her friends from around the globe to help her choose a new crush. Over the past few weeks, more than two million girls worldwide logged on to to help Barbie(R) choose a new beau, and Blaine(TM) doll is the undisputed winner.

“Since the break-up, Barbie(R) and Ken(R) have remained friends and are looking forward to the release of their latest film, `Barbie(TM) as Princess and the Pauper,’ coming out this fall,” said Julia Jensen, publicist, Barbie(R). “So spending the summer roaming the beach with her best friends and Blaine(TM) is the perfect antidote for the upcoming busy fall press junket.”

Blaine, you scab.

July 2nd, 2004

Age of unreason: Interview with J. G. Ballard.

Via the AbstractDynamics linkflow.

July 2nd, 2004

Telegraph:Christian dinosaur hunters dig for signs of Biblical dragons

> Christian dinosaur hunters dig for signs of Biblical dragons
By Marcus Warren in Keldron, South Dakota
(Filed: 19/06/2004)

Countless dinosaur bones lie buried in the rocks of South Dakota but the Christians excavating one remote cliff-face were digging not just for reptilian vertebrae but for the hand of God.

With screwdrivers, hammers and shaving brushes for tools, the group was seeking and, as far as it was concerned, unearthed proof that the animals perished not millions of years ago but in Noah’s Flood circa 2300 BC.

To these believers in the Bible’s literal truth, they are not dinosaurs but “missionary lizards”, which are powerful weapons in the battle for young American hearts and minds.

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